The Los Angeles Lakers visited the San Antonio Spurs last night for their second matchup of the season, as the Spurs came out victorious once again 106-110. But the main topic concerning the game is Rajon Rondo's decision at the end of the game to pass up a wide-open layup.
Rondo is usually regarded as one of the smartest players in the NBA, but on this play, he didn't show his high basketball IQ. The Spurs had a 105-108 lead with 15.9 seconds to go, as the Lakers were inbounding the ball. They were in search of a three-point shot.
Expectedly LeBron got the ball as the defense focused on him, but he saw a wide-open Rondo cutting to the key as Lebron passed him a great ball. But Rondo didn't even look at the basket and in a sloppy fashion rushed back to the three-point line and passed it to Josh Hart who got it again to Lebron who had to settle for a hard three-pointer and missed.
Hart managed to get a rebound and to the free throw line, but it wasn't enough as the Spurs came out with a victory, as the Lakers record went down to 2-4.
Despite Rondo's late-game mistake, Lebron James seemed pretty poised and defended his teammate's reaction:
"I was looking for a three and then "Do" got wide open, and I put the ball in his hands to make a play, and sometimes when you drive it you kinda mess with their defense and they start to shrink in, so you are able to get a three and that's what "Do" was thinking trying to get Josh Hart one, but they stayed home and it got back to me and I missed."
In his first game back from suspension Rondo finished with 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 assists, while LeBron had maybe his best game yet, scoring a season-high 35 points to go with his 11 rebounds and 4 assists.